Over at American Thinker, Tom Rowan makes some astute observations in his post Analyzing the Analyst:
The most valuable characteristic an established “wise man” can have is the ability to see and tell the truth. Speaking the truth about current events is where Krauthammer seems to hit all the right notes. Only on very rare occasions does this maestro hit a decidedly sour note. And these false notes are starting to become glaringly tinny when Krauthammer opines on Sarah Palin. With Palin, Krauthammer’s reliable sights become suspect. He lowers himself from wise man to wise guy. He leaves his well positioned observation post to take up a sniper’s position in the mud.
Why does he do this? And why is he making a habit of it? What exactly is Krauthammer’s beef with Governor Palin?
I am guessing Krauthammer’s miserable failure as speechwriter for Walter Mondale has at least something to do with his ongoing campaign to delegitimize Palin. I would wager that Krauthammer wrote the line that sank Mondale: “Mr. Reagan will raise taxes; and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.” I suspect Krauthammer is still smarting from his colossal election failure and from time to time is re-fighting the campaign against that phony cowboy Reagan.
Perhaps this is where Krauthammer harvests his unseemly vitriol against Palin. While the nation yearns for the “next Reagan,” Krauthammer seemingly yearns to seek and destroy any true blue Reaganite.
Seems about right to me.
Meanwhile, the ever-stalwart Mark Levin continues to defend conservative candidates in general and Sarah Palin in particular, against this relentless onslaught. Via Daily Caller:
“Maybe there is one or two, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of any significant issue where Palin is not a conservative and where I disagree with her,” Levin said. “Can you?”
Levin took issue with much of the common criticisms of Palin, particularly those concerning whether or not she can win the 2012 election and how she left her governorship post early, which is normal for presidential candidates, Levin says.
“So what is it? What’s the problem?” he said. “She’s solid on social issues. She’s solid on fiscal issues. She’s solid against these subsidies against big companies – in other words, she not a corporatist. She’s not a crony or a believer in that. She’s solid on taxes and spending. I’m just confused. She’s solid on Israel. She’s solid on the military. She’s solid with respect to our allies. Is there some big issue that’s disqualifying? What – because the liberals don’t like her?”
For all of the caterwauling I hear from some activists on the right about Reagan’s 11th Commandment, I don’t hear them condemning Beltway Insiders like Dr. Charles Krauthammer for his violations. And pointing out the flaws in candidates’ records and rhetoric while we’re in a primary season is absolutely necessary to ensure the election of a commonsense conservative — if we’re going to present a clear alternative to Obama’s big-government, socialistic vision to voters.
I got involved in a Facebook thread recently where some on the right who don’t support a Palin candidacy criticized those who do as somehow akin to Ron Paul fanatics. Some of these same folks laughingly claimed Sarah Palin is afraid of “Mandate Mitt” whose implementation of socialized medicine has caused healthcare costs to skyrocket in his state.
These are people who spent the past two years fighting back against Obamacare at town hall meetings, in-person protests and oniline, which is even more perplexing. How conveniently they dismiss Sarah Palin’s role in driving the debate not simply on that key issue, but also on energy policy, national defense, Israel and the economy.
Over the past two years, her Facebook notes have specifically and eloquently outlined her positions on a myriad of policy matters, and if Kim Strassel of the Wall St. Journal had an ounce of integrity, she would admit that too.
To those who are tired of Palin’s defenders actually defending her, I say that as long as the media, GOP elites and even many conservatives perpetuate either lies of omission or outright falsehoods against her, I will continue to do so. If that bothers you, feel free to delete and block me on Facebook and/or stop reading my posts. Unlike the Ron Paulnuts or the Obama Kool-Aid drinkers, my devotion is not a result of a cult of personality but rather admiration for a woman whose long record of accomplishments backs up her conservative rhetoric, and whose character and dignity in the face of the most repugnant personal attacks on her and her family is an inspiration.
I might also add in response to those who are so worried about swing voters and so-called moderates in a general election, Reagan NEVER compromised his principles when he reached out everyday Americans. Quite the opposite: his bold articulation of commonsense conservative principles helped them to understand why a platform of limited government, strong national defense, lower taxes and individual liberty is good for everyone. Palin is doing the same, particularly with her bus tour. We’re dealing with a dumbed-down electorate thanks to lefty infiltration of public schools, pop culture and the media. Instead of labeling a good candidate as “polarizing”, we ought to be spreading the message to every so-called swing voter we know.
If the US Constitution doesn’t “resonate” with these voters, then it’s only a matter of time until America as we know it disappears. I for one, will not let that happen without a fight.